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Motorsport Manager Mobile 3 review

Tim Goodchild On August 7, 2018

Management simulations have long been a staple of the games industry with early examples such as Grand Prix World capturing motorsport management perfectly. There was then a drought for about 15 years where nothing substantial came about. That was until PlaySport Games released a small but hugely popular mobile management sim in the summer of 2014. A version for PC soon came as well as a sequel to the mobile game. Now, we have the third instalment available for iOS and Android. 

Anyone who has played the previous titles will feel immediately at home with MM3. Despite the music remaining the same from last year, it works, so no complaints there. The game pitches you into either a single-seater or GT series accompanied by a seamless tutorial that teaches you the basics while enjoying your first race and skills required to manage your team through your career.

Motorsport Manager 3 screenshot team win

Customisation is key with every aspect given to you to create your own team identity. There is even a content editor pack allowing you to edit the names of your competitors so you can race against Ferrari and Seb Vettel instead of Scuderia Rossini and Dieter Wexler. The is available as paid DLC.

While previous games in the series were based solely on single-seater race series. MM3 includes three different types of motorsport: single-seater, GT and endurance set across four tiers to progress through, all with very different sets of rules within each series.  his variety naturally extends your future planning within the game. If you want to fast-track your way through the tiers, you can do that. At the end of each season, you can decide to go through into the next tier up or switch to a different racing pedigree. Alternatively, if you want to win within each racing series, expect to put in two or three seasons into each category to ensure you can develop a car that turns into a championship winner.

Motorsport Manager 3 screenshot

The Research and Development section of the game has been given an overhaul with a greater array of options on where you can develop your factory facilities. Having played through four seasons of the game at the time of writing this review, there is still a lot of my factory I need to work on, which in turn provides greater options on where and how you develop parts on your car. That said, you still only get to develop six parts of your car - it would be great to see this aspect expand further with perhaps a secret technology that can give you an edge, or depending on whether you are a works team or customer, team how that dynamic would impact your team setup and development opportunity.

MM3 also adds a distribution and logistics network functionality that gives you discounts on a variety of costs - developing relationships with overseas vendors helps you reap the long-term benefits and rewards. This is crucial to keep your business afloat in the upper echelons of the game where costs are exponentially higher.

As anyone with any knowledge of F1 will know, you need a lot of influence and power to be successful in the sport. MM3 recognises this through the addition of influence tokens. When negotiating driver, personnel, sponsorship and logistics deals, you can “spend” influence to get a decision swing your way. Linked to this are the rules of motorsport, which change in real life constantly. You can now influence whether certain rules are changed at the beginning of a season that will impact the entire season ahead - a great feature from the PC version that has been added to mobile.

Motorsport Manager 3 screenshot team win

Where this game really excelled in the past was the actual racing aspect. MM3 enhances this further with a couple of new features that really makes it more enjoyable. In MM2, you had to tweak the settings of your car to find the best setup, which always felt like a chore and didn’t seem to make much of an impact. Thankfully, this has been removed entirely in MM3.

You now have a number of tokens to use and can tell your engineer where to spend then. There is a risk, though - if you overspend, your setup is ruined for a qualifying run. It plays much better as a mini-game within the game and you have the choice to stop tweaking or risk it for a better setup. The race mode is excellent, especially for the new racing categories such as endurance.

Motorsport Manager 3 screenshot chocolate bar

Whereas the racing was more of a sprint that lasted 20 or so laps with a pit stop or two before, endurance racing takes place over an in-game 45 minutes with two three-driver teams who have different rates of tiring out themselves in addition to the normal fuel/tyre strategies and damage management. There is certainly a greater sense of achievement in bringing a 1-2 home after overseeing all of that.

One thing PlaySport continually gets right is the witty sense of humour throughout the game. Remember that recant drama at McLaren where employees were rewarded with a chocolate bar? Well, that exact “dilemma” comes up within the game. Or being approached by a pharmaceutical company to have one of your driver's dress up as a haemorrhoid for the pleasure of receiving $3m sponsorship. All in the life of a motorsport manager. Wonderful.

This is a feature packed title and one of the curious features of the game is that you can activate an augmented reality (AR) mode when racing. It is incredibly impressive and with the actual Monaco GP circuit included in this game, never has Monte Carlo looked so inviting, allowing you to roam around the principality with such joy. That all said, MM3 is designed to be played on the move, so you’ll likely only use AR mode sparingly - the normal view still offers a very detailed lush environment.

Motorsport Manager 3 screenshot AR

MM3 is an excellent title and for £3.99 you will struggle to find a better management game at any price on mobile. Once I completed MM2 I didn’t find any reason to keep it on my phone. With MM3, however, while the principles of managing a race team remain the same regardless of racing series, each has its own unique feel that offers the longevity it needed to sit happily on your phone permanently. This is turning into a great franchise and future iterations will surely only further enhance our experience of managing a motorsport team.

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